Will Europe Ever Work?

JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / REUTERS

BANNERS: French workers protest in Marseille against high unemployment and planned labour reforms.

At 8:30 a.m. last Monday — a time when most Germans were still digesting the news that their national elections the previous day had ended in stalemate — a group of about 50 car mechanics clutching banners staged a 2-hr. protest on the grounds of an Iveco truck plant in Hamburg. Their gripe: local auto dealers were trying to force them to work an additional 2 hr., 30 min. per month. The work stoppage received almost no attention locally, let alone nationally. Yet it speaks volumes about the shifting nature of attitudes toward work in Germany, and throughout...

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